The president of Iberdrola, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, must appear the next January 18 on the National audience for declare as accused for the orders that the company would have made to the now retired commissioner José Manuel Villarejo.
The reinforcement magistrate of the Central Court of Instruction Number 6 Joaquín Gadea has summoned Sánchez Galán for 10:30 a.m. on January 18, according to the agencies.
The only thing left to set was the date after last June the head of said court, Manuel García-Castellón, agreed to charge Sánchez Galán for alleged crimes of active bribery, against privacy and falsification of a commercial document.
By that time, Judge Gadea has also called three former directors of the company as investigated. Thus, the former president of Iberdrola Spain, Fernando Becker, is cited for that same January 18, while the former counselor-general director of Business (Business CEO), Francisco Martínez Córcoles, and the former Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Rafael Orbegozo, They will have to appear on January 17. And already on the 20th he has summoned Iberdrola Renovables.
When imputing Sánchez Galán and the three former directors, at the request of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, García-Castellón explained that from their respective positions they were able to participate in the hiring of the commissioner’s services when he was still active in the National Police Corps, which the invoices corresponding to those services were manipulated So what there was access to confidential data of the persons under investigation.
In this part number 17 of Tandem -the macrocause that dissects the many and varied services provided by Villarejo in a private capacity- the orders that the electricity company would have made to the commissioner between 2004 and 2017.
In the indictment, Judge García-Castellón indicated that, according to Iberdrola’s accounting, it is known that fifteen invoices without order issued by CENYT, the Villarejo business group, between 2004 and 2012 for a total amount of 1.04 million.
According to the judicial report, Villarejo and Iberdrola have been involved in five projects. The first project would have been Arrow, which would have had the objective of eliminating municipal and environmental opposition to the construction of a power plant in Arcos de la Frontera (Cádiz).
Between 2004 and 2005, Black Board O B-B to supposedly obtain compromising information on Manuel Pizarro, president at the time of Endesa, Iberdrola’s great rival in the electricity sector.
Already in 2009, Villarejo would have been entrusted Gipsy and Posy. The first would have consisted of investigating a manager of the electricity company, José María Álvarez, and a supplier, Francisco Julián Gutiérrez, suspecting that they could mediate the payment of illegal commissions. With the second project, the commissioner’s investigations would have extended to Álvarez’s relationship with Florentino Pérez, president of ACS, to avoid the assault by the construction company on the electricity company.
Finally, in 2011, Villarejo would have dedicated himself to Wind to investigate the Swiss company Eólica Dobrogea, its majority shareholder, Chrisopher Kaap, and its attorney, Corneliu Dica. Iberdrola Renovables had partnered with the wind power company to develop a series of projects in Romania, but over time conflicts arose that ended up being resolved in a favorable way to the Spanish company in an arbitration procedure.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.